RLT5089's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RLT5089 RLT5089's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ What to do when "Eat less, exercise more" fails you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656089 Hi everybody! Just a little update, I'm still on plan, have tracked all my food without fail since January 1st, and am working out consistently including training for a Marathon Relay (My leg is 6.2 miles, with a full straight mile uphill! <em>40</em> ) and a Tough Mudder Race! I'm very excited! Oh yeah.... and I'm down 20 lbs!!! <BR> <BR> So far I'd achieved my weight with essentially an eat less, exercise more strategy. However, I could sense myself hitting a bit of a wall. The tough mu... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:18:12 EST 10lbs down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612179 Well, ended January 10 lbs down from just over a month ago. Solidified my place in the 140s at a 146. Did a circuit training workout, a two mile winter run, and then had a little treat meal to celebrate, two pieces of buffalo chicken pizza and a glass of Sangria. Luckily I've found a diet balance where once I prioritize lean protein at every meal and then aim for 8-10 servings of fruit/veggies a day, I have had minimal cravings, however pizza and wine were the two things I'd really been missi... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 14:13:42 EST Well, met my November Goals, lol... Better late than never! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605919 I set only two simple goals for myself for November: Lose 5 lbs, and run a 5k in 34 minutes or less. You would think that those two simple goals would be easy enough to achieve, but of course I found a way to get off track and distracted. I have really struggled over this past year on being consistent and staying motivated. Not just with fitness goals, but with many things in my life. I've been downright disgusted with myself to the point of tears, thinking, "WHAT is wrong with me? WHY can'... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 08:23:57 EST 28 cent soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531206 Well, I got a great deal on some veggies from the farmers market, so I decided to bring back an old go-to. I use to make this for when I was hungry but it wasn't time for dinner yet or didn't have many calories left for the day. It's got a ton of vegetables in it that some people don't like, so it's not for everyone, but lucky for me I love pretty much all vegetables so it's a good choice for me. Also it's incredibly cheap, filling, and low calorie. The only thing that's not natural is the ch... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 19:13:18 EST Amish donuts were almost my demise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529617 Well, narrowly avoided plunging off the deep end after a lapse in nutrition judgment this morning. After realizing I was out of eggs and then running out of time, I somehow managed to leave the house without eating anything more for breakfast than black coffee, which I never do. By the time my brother and I made it to the farmers market/flea market, I was hungry, and after walking around in the wind and cold for a couple hours I was ravenous. One of the buildings was filled with the aroma of ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 21:44:52 EST 5k Trial Run Times + Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528497 Well, yesterday I managed to get out of work early. I was feeling great and it was a BEAUTIFUL fall day, so I had the idea to go to the park where the 5k I am training for will be held, and do a trial run. <BR> <BR> It was the best and worst idea I ever had. What I mean is that while it was pure joy to be out there under that fall sky in my running shoes again, its been probably 6 months since I was running consistently at all, everything else has been just intermittent bursts of inspiratio... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:18:33 EST Could Cocoa be my new "Craving-Killer?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525842 Well, my first day back to "sparking," and the night-time cravings have already rolled in. Apparently this is war right from the start. I tried 2tbsp of mint chocolate chip ice cream that I had in the freezer (I need to clean out my cupboards) hoping it would cure my cravings, but it didn't seem to do a thing but make me want to eat the whole tub. <BR> <BR> Then I remembered something I had read by my favorite female fitness trainer/blogger. I've grown to respect her and her husband (her hu... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 18:44:17 EST Fall down 100, get back up 101! With pictures and RUBBER DUCKIES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525671 Right now I don't have the energy to full process or explain the hows and whys of why I went from <BR> <BR> 153 pounds in Oct 2011 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l838740029.jpg"> <BR> <BR> To 128 pounds in May of 2012 (High Bridge Trail, Farmville, Virginia) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1358003876.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And now back full circle to 154 pounds in Oct 2013! Taken in Pittsburgh, PA (The real 500 pound gorilla in the ro... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 14:51:27 EST 30 Day Squat Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350595 Does anyone else agree that Spark needs to be more accessible for handheld devices? I have an iphone 4s and I feel like all I can really do without hassle on it is track my nutrition, fitness, and water on the app. But I would love to be able to do more with my spark page/spark groups but its hard to navigate. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I've been doing pretty well lately, been setting my goals "lower" aka more doable and reasonable. This has meant trying to stay between 1200-1300 on my nutrition and... Thu, 9 May 2013 05:48:18 EST Feeling free after some self realization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329670 Yesterday I went for a "leisure walk" as a reward to myself for busting through my Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 workout. It was early evening and the air was warm. I could hear the frogs chirping in the distance, one of my favorite spring sounds. Still recovering from my workout I walked slowly, water bottle in hand, and asked myself, "Why are you so unhappy? Why have you felt this way for so long? How can you feel this way on such a beautiful night?" <BR> <BR> Instantly I realized the ans... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 12:52:59 EST Weekly meals planned out.... let's do this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153955 I have all my breakfasts and lunches planned and made for the whole week! What a great feeling! I'm trying something new.... eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day. I'm not crazy about it.... but it will be easy to stick to, lean, and high in protein. For breakfast: whole wheat bun with southwestern egg beaters, turkey bacon, spinach, and tomato. Total including coffee creamer: 276 calories. Lunch is 4oz chicken with black beans, salsa, green chiles, and taco seasoning with m... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 20:33:44 EST Finding inspiration in my old sole-mates... I've worked too hard to quit now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151300 Last night before heading to the gym I felt a little down. <em>39</em> The past few months have not been great. Since May, I have had to give up a lot. Like a great job that made more than twice what I make now and allowed me to escape from this stuffy little Ohio town. The job I had to give up would have allowed me to completely pay off all debt and student loans as well as put an awesome down payment on a house by the end of this year. But some things happened in life and now here I am.... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 06:09:17 EST Time to take back control again!!! With pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4878316 A lot has changed for me since I started Spark back in October! I managed to lose 23 pounds <em>9</em> , make healthier diet changes <em>140</em> , and learn some great new habits <em>312</em> . <BR> <BR> here is me in size 5 jeans and XS t-shirt! Even more exciting I was able to wear a running shirt and not feel like a hypocrite. It says "Run faster, Breathe Deeper, Live Longer." <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l846617059.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Not only that, but I was a... Sat, 12 May 2012 13:09:07 EST Josh and Rachels Scary, Exciting Adventure! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4730067 In some ways this seems fast, in other ways it seems like it's taken forever. My husband and I have been trying to get a work contract in Virginia for a couple months now. We got held up by everything possible along the way. <BR> <BR> Well... it's finally happened! <em>236</em> We will be there for 3.5 months. I'm really nervous, excited, scared, and yes... a little sad. I'm already starting to feel homesick, but I know this is a fantastic opportunity for us to pay off debt, pay off school... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 06:41:28 EST "A year from now you'll be glad you didn't quit!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4726868 Well, I'm not proud of how I've been doing. I am unfortunately an "all or nothing" type of person at times. And when I took a break on my workouts because I hurt my leg, I unfortunately started eating (and drinking) everything in sight. It doesn't help that with all the calling, emailing, and interviewing I've been doing in getting a contract finalized in Virginia for work, I've been stressed and excited out of my mind, both of which make me eat, lol! I've always been good on my diet since I... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 10:44:15 EST Biggest Loser Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4688790 I love watching the Biggest Loser, and yesterday I rushed to make it to the gym by 8pm so I could pretend Bob Harper was yelling at me while I pushed through my run. <em>198</em> He's pretty tough! <em>10</em> <BR> <BR> I love the show, but it has been so disappointing lately. <em>39</em> I had never watched a whole season from start to finish until now, and I HATE seeing people go home! <em>234</em> Especially ones that from the start of the show I could tell had potential. I wish t... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 10:24:54 EST Re-analyzing what I want from Spark people and myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4683987 Since starting Spark the first week of October, I have lost 19 pounds! Now, that might not sound like a lot. Here on spark I am always coming across motivational sparkers who have lost incredible, mind-boggling amounts of weight. In fact, there are so many motivational people here that it sometimes can start to make our own little day-to-day accomplishments seem not so big in our own eyes (In fact, here is an incredible spark blog about that topic <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<B... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 10:33:04 EST Thinking of all the Spark Friends we have lost along the way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4641557 When I browse through my friends list, I am saddened to see all the Spark Friends who have come and gone in just the short few months that I've been here. So many started out so motivated and wanting that change SOO bad <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l264286711.jpg"> <BR> <BR> but stayed only a few short weeks leaving their Spark pages unattended and seem to have given up. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l318308303.jpg"> <BR> <BR... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 11:39:39 EST Summer 2012 goal: Become a fit, joggin' beach mama http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4635352 Up until spark people, I had always been envious of fit people. Especially runners. Runners always seemed so confident, so happy, and of course, so fit. I remember volunteering to help out at a 5k that my school program put on, and feeling so utterly depressed thinking that I would never be one of those runners. Since starting Spark people, it has given me sooo much satisfaction and happiness to have run the two 5ks that I have run. I can't wait to run more and trainer harder for better thing... Thu, 22 Dec 2011 15:32:38 EST Greek yogurt eggnog :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4627404 Greek yogurt=my new love! Not only have I been able to make my own fat free ranch with it, but not I can enjoy eggnog too! <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I've been blending the following for an amazing result: <BR> <BR> 1 cup Oikos Vanilla Greek Yogurt <BR> 3.5 cups Fat f ree milk <BR> 1 package Jell-o Brand Sugar Free Fat Free Cheesecake Pudding Mix <BR> 1 tsp. rum extract <BR> splenda, cinnamon, and nutmeg to taste <BR> <BR> YUMMMM!!!! 111 calories per cup AND 10 grams of protein. Lately... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 21:51:53 EST That 5k didn't stand a chance! Also, I'm in love! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4599976 I feel silly because I keep bringing up the 5k I ran on Thanksgiving Day to my husband and family. I want to shut up, but I just feel so proud and happy that I finally did it!!! I've been wanting to for so long now, but always made excuses, didn't think I could do it, etc. etc. It was so much fun and so exhilarating that I'm already looking at possibly running two more in December! <BR> <BR> Here's a recap on how I did. First of all, I lost my Grandmother the Monday before Thanksgiving, so p... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 12:17:32 EST 12 days until my first 5k! Any advice appreciated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4580650 I can't believe I only have 12 days until my first 5k!! I ran it in my goal time yesterday (3.1 miles in under 30 minutes) but that was on the treadmill. I have no idea how I am going to get ready to run that same race---but on real ground instead of a treadmill, in the cold, wind, rain, snow; surrounded by other people, running uphill/downhill, around puddles, etc; wearing different running clothes--in under 12 days. I know it's soon, but I expect to be moving out of the area soon and I've b... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 10:12:38 EST I deserve to be fatter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4556123 Ever since I've gotten back into healthy eating, I've been comparing my old eating habits to my new ones. This reflection has been constantly amazing me. Partly, I'm sure, because when I was engaging in those poor eating habits, I really didn't allow myself to think about them too much--I tried to close my eyes to how bad my eating really was. <BR> <BR> But, when I look back.... I worked at a movie store that sold every candy known to man, and I would eat Twix, Reese's, and whatever else I... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 15:38:20 EST I want to get that waist back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4545113 This is my motivation! Here I am back in about 2006/2007.... versus this past summer. Hello belly!! Where did you come from?! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l42561627.jpg"> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 14:54:01 EST Learning to splurge right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4540191 I have had a very passionate love/hate relationship with McDonald's Mocha Frappes in the past... Love the taste, Hate the calories. I used to drink one several times a week during school. I hadn't had one for a couple of months and today I decided to come face to face with one (with a few small adjustments). I went small instead of medium, no whip, and no drizzle. It. Was. Delicious. After I drank a little more than half I felt satisfied, so I threw the rest away at the gas station. What norm... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 16:58:24 EST